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Fact or Fiction: Disney Edition

With an iconic corporation such as Disney, there are bound to be some weird rumors that surround the company. Disney has hundreds of crazy urban legends, so which ones are true, if any? Here are five crazy stories about Disney and whether or not they are fact or fiction.

1) Small World Hanging

Sources say that at Disney World, California, one day the “It’s a Small World” ride was randomly shut down and passengers were asked to quickly and quietly leave the premises. Supposedly, a guest accidentally snapped a picture while leaving to reveal the body of a small child or possibly a midget hanging from the rafters.

Fact or Fiction: Fiction

The truth: The “body” was actually one of the dolls from the ride. Why it was hanging from the ceiling, who knows. Maybe someone should look into doll cruelty at the park.

2) Donald Duck Nazi Short

There is a rarely shown short of Donald Duck as a Nazi which many people claim proves that Walt Disney supported Hitler and the Nazi regime and subsequently hated Jewish people and what not.

Fact or Fiction: Fiction (kind of)

The truth: Yes, the short film does exist. However, it was released as propaganda for the United States explaining why people should support the war effort. The short is about how Donald Duck wakes up one day under the Nazi regime because they have taken over the world, which is what people feared would happen if the U.S. didn’t take part in World War II. In no way was Disney trying to show support for Hitler.

3) No one is allowed to die on Disney premises

Word on the street is that in order to keep up appearances of “The Happiest Place On Earth”, Disney does not allow anyone to be declared dead on their property.

Fact or Fiction: Fiction

The truth: No one is quite sure how this started, but it is false. People have definitely died in the parks before and while it wasn’t publicized, no one hid that information from the public.


“Here are five crazy stories about Disney and whether or not they are fact or fiction.”

4) The Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion rides (in all Disney locations) are popular dumping grounds for ashes.

It’s popular opinion that guests frequently spread the ashes of their loved ones in both the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and the Haunted Mansion ride due to both rides being very popular, dark, and indoors.

Fact or Fiction: Fact

The truth: This is true. Unfortunately, most of the time when it happens, the ride is shut down and cleaned for health reasons. That means those ashes mostly end up in trash bags so those dedicated guests need to rethink their final wishes for their loved ones’ remains.

5) Water park abandoned due to horrific deaths

Disney World Florida’s River Country water park was a popular attraction for many years. Unfortunately due to the park feeding into the Bay Lake, there was an infestation of Naegleria fowleri (a.k.a. brain eating amoeba) that resulted in the tragic deaths of many patrons leading to the park’s closure in the early 2000s.

Fact or Fiction: Both

The truth: Yes, the park did close and yes, there were two instances of people dying from the amoeba that they picked up from the water, but the cases were not the reason the park closed. The park only closed because once Disney’s more popular water parks such as Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon opened, River Country lost a lot of buzz and ended up using more money than it made. The park was shut down, but never fully destroyed, resulting in it looking majorly creepy and abandoned. It’s current appearance is part of the reason why so many people believe it was shut down due to tragic deaths, but the decision to close it was solely made due to its financial situation.

Google more Disney urban legends if you want to ruin your childhood memories of “the happiest place on Earth”. Just remember that most of them are completely fake.

What is Sling TV?

There’s a new option for consumers who have trouble choosing between cable TV and reasonable bills: Sling TV. This new choice is about halfway between current streaming services like Hulu and cable TV packages with live channels.

Sling TV, which launched at the end of January 2015, gives subscribers access to a small portion of live, traditional cable TV content for a measly $20 a month. In addition to to the TV channels (which include ABC Family, Cartoon Network, CNN, Disney Channel, ESPN and ESPN 2, the Food Network, HGTV, TBS, TNT, The Travel Channel and Adult Swim) the service includes apps for mobile phones, tablets, and streaming devices that hook into a subscriber’s TV.

Is Sling TV a better alternative to cable? Graphic from The Next Web
Is Sling TV a better alternative to cable? Graphic from The Next Web

The best part? Unlike traditional cable TV bundles, Sling TV has no contracts and no upfront installation costs. Consumers can cancel at any time and, much like Netflix, Sling offers a one-week free trial before you make that monthly commitment.

The key selling point of the live channels is ESPN, which hasn’t previously been available through streaming, except for the WatchESPN app. And if the current channel options aren’t enough to interest you, just wait — Sling will be rolling out bonus packs of channels for $5 a month.

Even Disney is sniffing at Sling TV, which seems like the natural solution for consumers who have been straying further and further from traditional live TV for their choice of streaming.

Disney CEO Bob Iger has stated that there’s “definitely an opportunity” to expand the goliath company into involvement with Sling TV. He further suggested that dedicated channels for fans of Marvel and Star Wars could be on the horizon through the subscription service. These kind of niche markets probably wouldn’t be a safe investment without this rising popularity of tailor-made packages, so let’s all give a big thanks to the evolution of the video market (and perhaps mourn the impending loss of traditional cable).

Of course, Sling TV is still picking up the pace and is by invitation only until testing is complete. In order to let them know their service is in demand and sign up for an invitation, go to their website, give them your email, and become part of the death of traditional TV.

“Once Upon a Time” takes viewers back to Storybrooke

On Sept. 28, magic returns to Storybrooke as “Once Upon a Time” begins its fourth season on ABC.

(No spoilers here, so don’t worry!)

Elsa is coming to Storybrooke
Elsa is coming to Storybrooke. Graphic from IMDb

Once Upon a Time is an American fairy tale-centered drama series that premiered in 2011. It takes place in the fictional town of Storybrooke, Me., where many of the characters we know and love from various Disney films and fairy tales live after being transported from their “Enchanted Forest” as the result of a powerful curse.

This season, Frozen is taking over with the arrival of Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Kristoff, Hans, and other characters from the blockbuster movie. This season of Once Upon a Time promises to take viewers past the events of Frozen to show us just what happens now that Anna and Elsa have had their “happily ever after.”

Season four also plans to answer some of the questions viewers were left with after last season’s finale.  However, having watched every episode until now, I can guarantee that there will be no shortage of drama, romance, and intense rivalry from the Evil Queen toward nearly everyone.

If you’re dying to get your Disney on or get your fairy tale fix, the first three seasons are all available to stream on Netflix and a few of the more recent episodes can be found on Hulu. Once Upon a Time season four premieres on ABC at 8 p.m.

Bagpipers and Maleficent

The 2014 fall homecoming weekend will commence Oct. 10-12. This will include many events for the alumni to participate in. The visiting alumni will retrieve their nametags Friday, Oct. 10 and proceed to the festivities. After some student presentations and refreshments, they’ll be watching the women’s volleyball game against High Point. Later that night, there will be a dance fest at 7:30 pm in Preston Hall. RU students will be admitted free of charge.

men in kilts with bagpipes
See the RU Highlander bagpipers perform this weekend. Graphic from Wise Geek

The events will continue with time in the game room and the showing of Disney’s Maleficent. Tours of the RU campus as well as the RU Greenhouse will also be available during the weekend. The alumni will also be given the opportunity to view the works of Alison Weld. The art exhibit will be held in the RU Art Museum at the Covington Center. At the same time the play, “Jack Goes Boating” will still be available for all, including students, to view. The performances will take place in The Hawes Studio Theatre in Porterfield Hall.

The main events will include a DJ tent and RU Highlander Bagpipers performing. Along with those events there will also be a giant photo group photo of students and alumni on the Moffett lawn. That will be followed with alumni able to showcase their written novels. During the tent event, groups will gather at small tents and decorate them to show off their school spirit. Later on, the Highlander Spirit rock will be given at halftime to the winner of the competition.

RU is encouraging all alumni to travel down and enjoy the nostalgia and activities. There are also several activities to be paid for. Attending will be the graduates from the classes of 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009. Although, many events will be exclusively for the alumni classes, some will be available to everyone, which includes the dance fest. Even if you’re unable to catch some of these events, the play “Jack Goes Boating,” and the art exhibit are currently open to students that wish to attend at any time.

Highlanders Anonymous: More about myself, less about you

This week there are more questions about me than about you readers, but I’m okay with that! I’ll be just as brutally honest when answering about myself, I promise. Send in more questions about yourselves, and I’ll get right to answering those!

“What’s your opinion of online dating?”

I’m not the biggest fan of online dating. I want to have a full-blown accurate representation of how a person speaks and acts around others before I decide to date them. You see, a guy or girl may be perfectly sweet and nice when talking to you online, but are the type of person who yells at waiters and complains about every dish they’re served. I just think that you have to get to know someone in person before you are ready to date him or her.

“Which fairytale would you like to live in?”

Are we talking Disney fairytales or the original versions? If we’re talking about the first option, then I would choose The Little Mermaid, however, my answer would change dramatically if we are talking about the original versions of these stories. I don’t know if you know this, but all of the original fairytales are completely different. For instance, in the original Hans Christian Anderson version of The Little Mermaid, the prince falls for someone else, and the mermaid commits suicide.

kid swimming
“Are we talking Disney fairytales or the original versions? If we’re talking about the first option, then I would choose The Little Mermaid.”


“How can people become happy?”

Excluding depression and other illnesses, it’s pretty simple to become happier. Don’t let your life revolve around another person or other people. Find something that you enjoy doing alone, and do it. The more comfortable that you are hanging out alone, the more comfortable you’ll become with yourself when you hangout with other people. You’ll gain more self-confidence, which is truly appealing. Also, make decisions based on what you want. Don’t let the opinions of others dictate what you do.

“Are you good at swimming?”

 Yes, I do. My parents taught me to swim when I was three or four, and I’ve been swimming ever since. Swimming is both one of the most relaxing activities, and one of the best exercises. I think that everyone should learn to swim, even if its just for safety reasons.

Send in questions for me for next week’s article at ask.fm/HighlandersAnonymous

Lion King’s the Best: I’m not LIONing

If you ever get a chance to see Lion King on Broadway, take that chance, it is fantastic! Photo from Disney.wiki.com.

Recently a friend brought me back to my childhood by making me re-watch some classic Disney movies. After many heated debates about which Disney Princess was better (cough, cough, Cinderella), we’ve both come to the conclusion that Lion King is the best Disney movie (granted, this doesn’t include the princess movies, for they are in their own category altogether). In my opinion, “The Lion King” is the best animated movie Disney has ever made–better than “The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin”, “Snow White”, “Lady and the Tramp”, “Robin Hood”, and everything else. Continue reading Lion King’s the Best: I’m not LIONing

Weekly Time Wasters: Love, loss and natural selection

In honor of Valentine’s Day I’m starting off with a could-have-been love story. Romance is in the air. Go out and tell that girl you like her, or ask the boy down the hall if he wants to grab some Pinkberry. The worst that could happen is they say no, so what do you have to lose? Continue reading Weekly Time Wasters: Love, loss and natural selection

Dimensional disruption

Graphic by: Marie Stovall

Do you remember the first time you saw a 3-D movie? Junior James Eagle does.

“My first 3-D experience was something at Disney with the old school red and blue glasses. I think it was ‘Honey I Shrunk the Audience,'” Eagle said.

Disney World has 3-D attractions such as It’s Tough to be a Bug, Muppet*Vision 3-D and Mickey’s PhilharMagic. “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience” was in Disney World’s Epcot theme park, but it closed May 9 of this year. These attractions were the first experiences many people had with 3-D. Today the movie industry has decided 3-D is the way to go when making movies. Recently, movies have come out in 2-D with a 3-D counterpart.

3-D refers to the enhanced illusion of depth perception. It is derived from stereoscopic photography which uses a special movie camera system to record the images from two perspectives. It’s blurry without a special form of eyewear because the two perspectives are forced together. With the eyewear, the screen becomes clear and the image then has the illusion of depth. There are many types of 3-D processing systems, but the two most notable are anaglyph and polarized systems.

Anaglyph images were the earliest form of 3-D and are superimposed through two filters in additive light. The two filters are red and cyan. The glasses used for this have one red lens and one blue lens that filters out the appropriate image and gives it a 3-D quality. The polarized system uses two images projected superimposed onto the same screen, using different polarizing filters. This also uses a type of eyewear, but instead of colored lenses these lenses are polarized differently than the image on the screen, either horizontal and vertical or clockwise and counterclockwise. These are not the only two forms of 3-D; they are just the most common and widely used forms.

3-D movies are not a new sensation. They have been around since the late 1890s and went through a popular period during the 1950s. Today they have made a resurgence with 3-D movies such as “Avatar” and “Toy Story 3.” Movie theaters today typically have 3-D movies in their 3-D and 2-D forms so that customers can choose. The 3-D movies are more expensive due to the glasses and different equipment used to produce them. Some theaters charge up to 26 percent more for a 3-D ticket than its 2-D counterpart. IMAX played a huge role in the resurgence of 3-D movies. They began making 3-D non-fiction films then branched out into fiction films played by theaters everywhere with a different IMAX experience and by being in 3-D.

Not everyone is so crazy about 3-D movies, though. They have been known to give people headaches, nausea and eye problems. If people have bad eyesight or only one good eye to see out of, a 3-D movie is lost on them and the movie can actually be painful.

“I hate 3-D movies. They give me a headache after a while, and it hurts my eyes. I just don’t find it enjoyable. I’d rather watch a 2-D movie; my life is 3-D. I don’t need my movies to be,” junior Emily Snow said.

Freshman Bobby Adams feels that 3-D movies are unrealistic. He first experienced 3-D movies at a King’s Dominion attraction as a child. He says today he would rather see a 2-D movie.

Famed film critic Roger Ebert criticized 3-D movies in a May 2010 issue of Newsweek.

“3-D is a waste of a perfectly good dimension. Hollywood